MLB

Lots of scrambling for jobs at Marlins spring training

MIAMI (AP) A group of Miami Marlins fans angered by new CEO Derek Jeter’s offseason salary dump wants to protest by not attending games. Wait. Hasn’t South Florida been boycotting the Marlins for years? A franchise notorious for poor attendance and losing records might achieve new lows in both categories this year under Jeter. He gutted the lineup by trading ...

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Martinez gone but D-backs return formidable roster

PHOENIX (AP) There isn’t a lot new to the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring, with a couple of notable exceptions. J.D. Martinez won’t be in the outfield and the Diamondbacks need a closer. Still, there should be plenty of optimism when the team reports to the Scottsdale, Arizona, training facility, with the entire rotation and pretty much every position player returning ...

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Tampa Bay Rays announce 2018 promotional schedule

TAMPA BAY RAYS PRESS RELEASE ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays released the promotional schedule for the 2018 season Thursday, which features 30 unique collectibles, with many tied to the team’s 20th anniversary celebration throughout the 2018 season. All fans (while supplies last) will receive a Rays Schedule Magnet and a 20th Anniversary Cowbell, both presented by Tropicana, ...

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Young Ronald Acuna is player to watch for rebuilding Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Brian Snitker is hoping to face some tough decisions at the end of March. That would mean such top prospects as Ronald Acuna and Austin Riley have made such good impressions in Florida that it would be difficult to leave them off the Braves’ opening day roster. For Snitker, the third-year manager, that’d be great news for Atlanta’s ...

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Todd Frazier, Mets finalize $17 million, 2-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) Todd Frazier stood a few feet away, wearing the No. 21 Mets jersey of Cleon Jones, Carlos Delgado and Lucas Duda. New York general manager Sandy Alderson smiled. In a depressed free-agent market, Alderson added the third baseman to New York’s offseason haul with a $17 million, two-year contract. For a commitment of just $72 million, the ...

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Yolmer Sanchez beats White Sox in salary arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) Infielder Yolmer Sanchez beat the Chicago White Sox in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $546,000 to $2.35 million rather than the team’s $2.1 million offer. Sanchez set career bests last year with a .267 average, 12 homers and 59 RBIs and .319 on-base percentage. He appeared in 78 games at second, 52 at third, four ...

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Baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

NEW YORK (AP) Players’ union head Tony Clark claims the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market threatens the sport’s integrity, an assertion immediately rejected by Major League Baseball. In a statement and a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Clark voiced the frustration of the 100-plus free agents who remain unsigned ...

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